Question by just truth: Good all round (cold,hot) weather guard dog for rural area?
A friend of mine is looking for good cold weather/some hot weather guard dog that is family friendly. He wants a dog of medium build and that is very intelligent and protective but has a good coat for different types of weather because he lives in a pretty rural area and he likes to go camping all year round, even in snow and rain. He wants the dog to have a higher cold tolerance but also be ok in the heat because he camps anywhere from 20 degrees to low 80′s, also, even when he’s not camping he does a lot of hiking and jogging, so the dog should have at least a medium or higher amount of energy. He was really looking into an akita but for several reasons that simply won’t work. He was interested in the GSD for a while but not anymore as they are among the highest to have hip dysplasia. He’s currently looking at a rottie but he’s heard they don’t have the best cold tolerance. Also he’s not sure about how common the hip dysplasia is with them, and if they are very hardy healthy dogs in general. He would buy a coat for the dog if it was going to be below freezing, but doesn’t want to be cutting it close. Does anyone know about rotties or other guard dogs in cold weather from experience?
He’s also considering a mutt of akita or shepherd but again is very worried about the chance of hip dysplasia becoming a big issue or some other huge health problem, as he can’t really check if the parents health records if he’s getting the dog from a shelter. But don’t mixed dogs have a much higher health, and are less keen to have hip dysplasia regardless?
also, he doesn’t want a dog that is extremely rare (he wants to have plenty of information availiable on the breed and possible to find a vet with some experience with them) or extremely pricey (500-above).
Do you think he’s asking for too much, or does any breed come to mind? Would any of the above mentioned dogs work?
Define not cheap please, would he be looking between 300&500 for a well trained rottie or shepherd? or likely 500+?
if it makes any difference, the dog would be inside for the rest of the time, not in a backyard kennel.
Answer by Brenna
Both the German Shepherd and Rottweiler are overbred, and so very unhealthy lately unless you dog your work finding a breeder and are willing to pay the price. Other possible breeds are Giant Schnauzer, Collie, Australian Shepherd, Belgian Tervuren, Otterhound, or German Wirehaired Pointer.
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